Professional Development. The New York State Teacher Centers have developed criteria for professional development based upon research and our experience.

Governance. New York State Teacher Centers are governed by Policy Boards composed of the multiple constituencies set forth in Education Law 316.

Management. Centers must comply with statute, regulation, and local policy.

Program. Teacher Center programs promote continuous inquiry and growth.

Evaluation. Teacher Centers use program evaluation data collected in a variety of ways.

Conclusion. Political and educational leaders of New York State support Teacher Centers as an essential institution for the sustained professional growth of New York State's teachers and other educators. These leaders place their confidence in school practitioners, in partnership with others, to identify, plan, and implement comprehensive professional development to assure that the State's elementary and secondary school students have the benefit of the most current and effective instruction available.

The organizational structures, programs, and services of the New York State Teacher Centers reflect the standards for professional development.